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The last place I would expect to hear even a glimmer of doubt about the performance potential of gaming PCs would be Alienware. Yet Alienware's Marc Diana spills that 32-bit machines just aren't cutting it at the pure performance level anymore, saying that faster chips with more cores aren't the solution: 64-bit systems are the real fire. He castigates the rest of the industry for not stepping up, noting that Alienware doesn't actually offer 64-bit systems because driver support sucks, at best.

For one, it'd let Alienware do things like offer more than 4GB of RAM (32-bit systems only support up to 4GB). Speaking of RAM, something else I wouldn't expect out of Alienware's performance-at-all-costs mouth is that high performance DDR3 RAM actually isn't worth the premium pricepoint: "It is the highest-performing memory now on the market. But I'm not so sure it's quite there yet. The cost is very high... Six months from now it will start making a lot more sense (economically) than it does right now." And that's why PC gaming sales have been dropping precipitously vs. console sales over the last few years. It just costs too much to stay ahead.
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Driver support is fine for x64, Alienware is the one that sucks.
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The last 2 sentences say it all. I can spend $500 on a new GPU or $450 on a top of the line console which is ready to play games right out of the box. Which do you think most consumers would pick?
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The last 2 sentences say it all. I can spend $500 on a new GPU or $450 on a top of the line console which is ready to play games right out of the box. Which do you think most consumers would pick?
Consoles also cant even touch a pc in terms of what a pc can do and the pc platform offers the best gaming experience, graphics, upgrade ability, and networking. Gaming is like one out of the infinite amount of things a pc can do and yet it still manages to do gaming the best.
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Consoles also cant even touch a pc in terms of what a pc can do and the pc platform offers the best gaming experience, graphics, upgrade ability, and networking. Gaming is like one out of the infinite amount of things a pc can do and yet it still manages to do gaming the best.

Taking a few hits in performance is worth it. You don't have to upgrade crap and it lasts for years unlike PC's which are out of date within weeks.
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Consoles also cant even touch a pc in terms of what a pc can do and the pc platform offers the best gaming experience, graphics, upgrade ability, and networking. Gaming is like one out of the infinite amount of things a pc can do and yet it still manages to do gaming the best.
Having a PS3 and my sig rig which is more than capable, I really don't notice THAT much of a difference between them IMO. Sure my PC has the better graphics but the PS3 does a good job too. Consoles are so much friendlier to the average Joe and they have better bang for the buck.
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Taking a few hits in performance is worth it. You don't have to upgrade crap and it lasts for years unlike PC's which are out of date within weeks.
They only become out of date because new pc parts are constantly being released unlike the consoles where you have to use the same old parts for years. That doesnt mean that the old hardware is any worse though and any less capable. I know people with 8 year old pc's and they can do many things that a ps3 cant do and they can play all of the latest games. PC's that cost less than a ps3 would still be better than having a console imho.
Edited by QuickS - 5/15/08 at 11:30pm
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32-bit systems only support up to 4GB
Uhhhh? Don't 32-bit system only support around 3?
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Uhhhh? Don't 32-bit system only support around 3?
4gb including graphics memory ETC.
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Support for 64 bit systems is fantastic.
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